|Location:||Sector 5 Church, Midgar (FF7), Traverse Town/Hollow Bastion (KH)|
|Status:||Dead (FF7 only. Alive in KH)|
|Relationships:||Sora (friend), Leon ('colleague'), Cid (friend), Yuffie (friend), Donald (friend), Goofy (friend), Cloud (friend/love interest), Barret (friend), Tifa (friend/rival), Red XIII (friend), Cait Sith (friend), Vincent (friend), Sephiroth (enemy), Zack Fair (ex lover), Ifalna (Biological mother), Myra (foster mother)|
|Fandom:||Final Fantasy, Kingdom Hearts|
|Other:||Voiced by Mandy Moore|
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Aerith was the last surviving member of an ancient race known as the Cetra. Researchers discovered that the Cetra had access to a land known as the 'Promised Land', a world brimming with Mako energy. Because of this discovery, the energy giant Shin-Ra spent considerable time and funds capturing Aerith for the purpose of study, thinking it would lead them to the Promised Land. Accessing the Promised Land would mean extending the planet's life, due to Mako energy and Life energy being the same thing.
She played a vital role in saving the earth, albeit posthumously. The primary antagonist Sephiroth summoned a meteor to destroy the planet, however Aerith was able to counteract this by summoning Holy, which destroyed Sephiroth's Meteor, and saved everyone. It came at the cost of her life however, to Sephiroth's hands.
There have been lengthy disputes over Aerith's name, due to some ports of Final Fantasy VII mistranslating her name as Aeris. While both are accepted, there is debate over which is her 'true' name
Aerith's death scene has been considered one of the most famous scenes in video game history. Understandably, it left the community divided, with many fans feeling the game began and ended with her, and others glad to be rid of her. Whatever side of the fence fans sit, there is little debate about its impact on the fandom. Many fanworks have featured alternate scenarios where Aerith didn't die. Variations include Aerith surviving the attack, not being attacked at all, or someone else being attacked instead.
Aerith is a widely popular character in the fandom, featuring in everything from aforementioned AUs to unadulterated smut.
Aerith has been shipped with almost every available character in Final Fantasy VII. She also gets crossover shipped with characters from other Final Fantasy games, often in the form of a lesbian orgy.
Aerith's Kingdom Hearts character doesn't see much shipping, due to her relatively small impact on the storyline.
Common ships include: